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I HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, MAY 21 2010 7 Just A Thought in By RICK KRAFT The farmer watched from his field as the bright orange high- way department truck pulled over onto the shoulder of the road. A man hopped out from the passenger side, grabbed a shovel from the back of the truck. dug a hole several yards from the side of the road. returned the shovel to the back of the truck, then hopped back into the truck. The driver of the truck stepped out, grabbed the same shovel, and then pro- ceeded to fill the hole that was just dug. He then returned the shovel to the back of the truck, climbed back into the truck and drove about fifty feet up the road where he again pulled over on the shoulder of the road. The passenger in the truck hopped out, grabbed the shovel, and dug another hole. He then returned the shovel and hopped back into the truck. The driver climbed out and proceeded to fill the hole and returning back to the truck once finished. He drove another fifty feet and then stopped again. The same exercise was repeated. The farmer, scratching his head at this exercise, drove his tractor over to the truck. He asked the men what they were doing. The driver without missing a beat explained, "We're on a highway beautification project and the guy who plants the trees is home sick todayT How often do exercises like this occur in our daily lives? How much time and effort is spent un- doing something that needs to be done? Choose any organization. Rick Kraft Now close your eyes, and then imagine what that organization could accomplish if everyone in the organization top to bottom ~and side to side were moving the same direction building together on one another. Then imagine what the. organization could ac- complish if those who didn't build would just sit on the sidelines or leave the organization. In some organizations apathy would be wel- comed. Author Robert Fulghum tells a story about a wagon driver. He shares, "As the wagon driver said when they came to a long hard hill, 'them thatst going on with us get out and push, them that ain't, get out of the way." This is not a complex con- cept. m team of rowers can row in sync and propel a boat forward quickly with uniform and rhyth- mic strokes. But mix one or ~wo rowers who row against the flow and team productivity is dashed -What I am saying is in most organizations there are those who not only don't build, they "unbuild." These are people who "destroy" or "sabotage" the posi- tive efforts of others. If the vision is beautifying the highway, we don't need holes dug and then filled. It is all about teamwork. You see. for a football team to move the football down the field, it needs eleven players working to- gether with each player doing what their position calls to be done. If two linemen decide they don't feel like blocking, their la- ziness will undo the efforts of the rest of the team. The entire effort will collapse IJecause of two in- dividuals. Even with a 100% ef- fort by nine players, a lack of ef- fort by two players causes" the entire team to fail. The inability to work to- gether for the good of the team hinders success. Sometimes indi- viduals get territorial and they lose touch With what needs to occur to advance the team as a whole. It is like the two guys in a sinking boat. sitting together at one end doing nothing. As the people at the other end are bail- ing furiously, one says, "Thank God that hole isn't at our end of the boat." To accomplish anything great, it takes a team. Sometimes a person thinks he can do it all himself. Let me tell you about a guy who learned his lesson the hard way. A bricklayer decided to try to move about 500 lbs of bricks from the top of a four story building to the sidewalk below. without asking for assistance from another. In his own words taken from his insurance claim form he wrote: "It would have taken too long to carry the bricks down by hand so I decided to put them in a barrel and lower them down by a pulley which I had fastened to the top of the building. After ty- ing the rope securely at the ground level I went up to the top of the building and fastened the rope around the barrel, loaded it up with bricks, and swung it over the sidewalk for the descent. "Then I went down to the sidewalk and untied the rope holding it securely to guide the barrel down slowly. But since I weigh only 1401bs, the 5001b load of bricks jerked me from the ground so fast that I didn't have time to think of letting go of the rope. "And as I passed between the second and third floor I met the barrel coming down. This ac- counts for the bruises and lacera- tions on my upper body. I held firmly t9 the rope until I reached the top where my head became jammed in the pulley. This ac- counts for my broken thumb. At the same time however the barrel hit the sidewalk with a bang and the bottom fell out With the weight of the bricks gone. the barrel weighed only about 40 lbs. Thus my 140 Ib body began a swift descent and I met the empty barrel coming up. This accounts for my broken ankle. "i slid over slightly ~,d I continued my descent and landed on the pile of bricks. This ac- counts for my sprained back and broken collar bone. At this point I lost my presence of mind com- pletely and let go of the rope. And the empty barrel came crashing down on me. This accounts for my head injuries." As for the last question on the form. "What would you do if the same situation arose again?" "Please be advised that I am fin- ished trying to do this job all by myself!" My challenge to you today is to work side by side with oth- ers to accomplish great things. Don't try to do it all yourself. Be sure you add to the team effort. don't subtract. Don't go around filling holes that were just dug. Give the team your best effort and see what happens. God blesses those who work together in unity. Just a thought... Rick Kraft ts a motivational speaker, a published author, and an att~?rney. To submit comments. contributions, or ideas, e-mail to rkraft @ kraftandhunter, com mailto : thekraftlawfirm @ aol. corn or write to P.O. Box 850. Roswell. New Mexico. 88202 - 0850. DECLARATIONS OF CANDIDA(: DECLARATIONS OF CANDIDACY -I, Lloyd V. Payne, hereby announce my candidacy for re-election to the office of Hidalgo County Probate Judge. Lloyd V. Payne I, David A, Ramos, hereby announce my candidacy to the office of County Commissioner Position 1, subject to the Democratic Pri- mary Election to be held June 1st. 2010. Your vote & support will be apprecia~d. Thank You and Muchas Gracias. David A. Ramos I, Jo.dy Hatch. hereby announce my Republican candidacy to the office of Hidalgo County Assessor. subject to the Primary Election June 1, 2010. Your votes of support are appreciated. Jody Hatch I, Satumino "Nino" Madero, would like to announce my Demo- cratic Candidacy for Hidalgo County Sheriff. I have been the Under Sheriff for Hidalgo County for the past eight ,years. As a secondary .caree~I am a Certified~chool J3us Safety Irmpecto~ fot~tk State of. New Mexico since 1996, performing School Bus Safety Inspections throughout the state. I have been a Firearms Instructor since 1994 and at present I also instruct Survival Spanish to the cadets at Western New Mexico University. Prior to that I have worked for the Motor Transportation Department, the Lordsburg Police Department and started my career with the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department as a Detention Officer 22 years ago. I have been a big part in appropriat- ing grants and" programs that have boosted equipment and vehicles that the Sheriff's Department has today. Your vote on June l, 2010 will be greatly appreciated. Saturnino "Nino" Madero I, Mark Thomas, hereby announce my candidacy to the office of Magistrate Judge, subject to the Democratic Primary Election to be held June 1, 2010. Your support will be appreciated. Mark Thomas I, Warren D. Walter, Republican, announce my candidacy to the office of Hidalgo County Sheriff. Your votes of support at the June 1, 2010 Primary Election will be appreciated. Warren D. Walter I, John A. Hill, hereby announce my candidacy to the office of Hidalgo County Commissioner, Position 2, subject to the June 1, 2010 Democratic Primary Election. Your support will be very much appreciated. John A. Hill I, Arthur Clark Smith, hereby announce my candidacy for the office of Hidalgo county Commissioner District one, subject to the Democratic Primary Election June 1, 2010. Your vote and support will be greatly appreciated. Arthur Clark Smith I, Clayton Jack Lasher, hereby announce my candidacy to the office of Hidalgo County Commissioner, Position 2, subject to the June 1, 2010 Democratic Primary Election. I would appreciate your vote of support. Clayton Jack Lasher I, Larry P. Martinez, hereby declare my candidacy to the office of Hidalgo County Commissioner. Position 2. subject to the Democratic Primary Election June 1. 2010. The future of Hidalgo County is based on: Our Children . Economic Growth - Education Government transparency with spending Opportunity for jobs with work ethics Your support in the upcoming election will be greatly appreci- ated. Larry P. Martinez I, Martina "Tina" Elias, hereby announce my candidacy to the office of Magistrate Judge, subject to the Democratic Primary Elec- tion to be held on June 1, 2010. Your vote and support will be greatly appreciated. Martina "Tina" Elias I, Darr Reynolds Shannon, a Republican hereby declare my can- ~!idacy to the office of Hidalgo County Commissioner, Position 2. Your vote of support during the November 2, 2010 General Election will be very much appreciated. Darr Reynolds Shannon I, Ed Kerr, ask for your vote for Hidalgo County Commissioner Position 1 in the November general election this fall. Ed Kerr I, Tommy Ray Lopez,.hereby announce my candidacy to the office of County Commissionbr Position 2, subject to the Democratic Primary Election to be held June 1~', 2010. Your vote, supporl, and confidence in me will be very greatly appreciated. Tommy Ray Lopez i, Nyla Dawn Walter, Republican, declare my candidacy for Mag- istrate Judge of Hidalgo County. I respectfully request your vote in the General Election, November 2, 2010. I will honor your support with honesty and fairness. Nyla Dawn Walter I, Theodoro VI "Chopo" Castillo, hereby announce my candi- dacy to the office of Hidalgo County Assessor, subject to the Demo- cratic Primary Election June 1, 2010. Your support will be very much appreciated. Theodoro V. Castillo I, Rogelio Villa IV, hereby announce my candidacy to the Office of County Commissioner Position 2, subject to the Democratic Pri- mary Election to be held June 1st, 2010. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas. I have interned for Clark, Thomas, & Winters Law Firm. I have worked on a gubernatorial campaign for Tony Sanchez in 2002 in Texas. I received my Master of Arts in Teaching from WNMU in 2007. Your vote and support will be deeply appreciated. Rogelio Villa IV I, David Johnson, a Democrat, hereby declare m3~ candidacy to the office of Hidalgo County Commissioner, Position 1. Your vote of support during the June 1, 2010 Democratic Primary Election will be very much appreciated. Thank you. David Johnson paid by candidates We have all the tools to keep your Business CK & IN THI A Picture From The Past Submitted by EDMUND SAUCEDOILordsburg gvFcm a ri ra Dr. James H. Baxter 1909- 1981 Dr. Baxter to be remembered at 2010 Relay for Life June 18-19 James H. Baxter was born in Stronghurst. Illinois. on March 15. 1909. After his mother died when he was five months old. he was raised by a widow in his mother's family. After Dr. Baxter graduated from Kirksville College of Oste- opathy in Kirksville. Missouri. on January 30. 1937. he came to New Mexico. seeking relief from pain'ful arthritis. Dr. Baxter opened an office in Lordsburg, where he treated his patients for more than 43 years, from March 10. 1937. until October 10. 1980. He was a certified osteopath in both New Mexico and Arizona. Eventually, Dr. Baxter be- came the district medical investi- gator for Hidalgo County. He was named Osteopath of ~'he Year at the New Mexico-State Osteo- pathic Convention in 1977. Doc was involved with the Boy Scouts and was Lordsburg's fire chief for ten years, resigning only wh,'n he became mayor in May 1952, an office be held for two years. I-to was also the team doctor for the Lordsburg Mavericks, wearing his letterman's jacket to the football games. The Chamber ol Commerce named Doc Citizen-of th~ Year in the early 1970s, and today local events are held in the James H. Baxter Civic Center. He married Emeline Rhoades Richards, on Dec. 29, 1958, in Sil- ver City, New Mexico. Mrs. Baxter, Dr. Baxter's widow, was guest of honor at the Lordsburg High School '60s Class Reunion in October 2008, where Dr. Baxter was honored and remembered. Dr. Baxter lost his life to can- cer on March 22, 1981, in Silver City. Emeline Baxter a~d the Dr. James H. Baxter Room at the Lordsburg-Hidalgo County Mu- seum are the links to the man who took care of Hidalgo County resi- dents and saved many of their lives. Excerpts from Jeanne LaMarca's Biography on Dr. James H. Baxter Building Relay Communi- ties - Sharing the Power of PurpleAll Relay participants know the true "Power of Purple." You've seen lives changed when you invite others to Relay For Life for the :first time. Yo, know the sense of victory when those who have battled cancer walk their first Survivor Lap. You never forget the emotion of placing a luminaria bag around the track for someone you love. You want to ,,hare all that the Relay event is with others in ,your community.That's why you're in: vited to share the Power of Purple in your Lordsburg Relay commu- nity! Lordsburg's Relay will be held June 18 and 19.Communi- ties across Anaerica, fi-om big cit- ies to small towns, are ready ,4~ ,~ t,~ turn purple. Help them get ready to participate in the Relay event by spreading the word about Relay For FOR LIF, IE Life in Lordsburg, , your school, your workplace... Any place ' where people gather can be a place to in- vite others to take up.the fight. Sharing the Power of Purple is easy and fun! Just hang up some purple decorations, wear your favorite Relay gear or purple shirt, even screw a purple bulb into your porch light. Show your purple pride in all you do! You can pick a day to make a splash in your community, or you can encourage other Relay partici- pants to keep the purple going until the day of your event. it We offer Professional Services for all aspects of" your small business! Including: Payroll Monthiy, Quarterly & Annum]_ Tax Preparation Financial. Statements Bank Reconciliations 575-542-3125 212 E. Motel Drive * Suite A * Lordsburg